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Re-packing the stern gland

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Re-packing the stern gland

Postby mike » Tue Nov 14, 2006 2:44 pm

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Postby mike » Tue Nov 14, 2006 3:09 pm

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Postby mike » Thu May 31, 2007 4:15 pm

I guess you mean a gland with a large dome like nut from which the shaft exits & a locking nut. The difference is that the gland packing is in the nut, doing it afloat you will have to wrap a towel or something round the gland where the shaft exits while you get the packing out of the nut.

You should be able to pick up the packing at a chandlers shop.

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Postby Bill » Fri Jun 01, 2007 3:24 pm

Mrykx,

What you discribe is very similar to what we have on our 43. We have done the work while in the water without issue, but caution is advised. What I found was that the leakage was minimal and perhaps flowed at a rate of a couple of gallons every 1/2 hour.
The issue with time is having the correct packing and then precutting as Mike discribes. I was surprised to find that the previous own had placed a single ring of 1/4" packing around the shaft and then forced the nut back over the packing. Essentially it worked, but once the packing began to wear (or heat) you could not stop the dripping with any amount of force on the nut. Ultimately I had to leave the disabled stuffing tube open for about an hour or so while I ran to West Marine for 3/16" and 1/8" packing material. If you have never done this before I would suggest you pickup each size and have it available before you start the job. Return what you don't need, it is cheap anyway.
Our set up works very similar to Mikes discription in that the rings go around the shaft and are slipped into the tube, not into the nut. If I recall correctly 3-4 rings filled the lateral space, and 1/8" material was correct for fitting between the shaft and the tube.
Most likely best to be sure you bilge pump is operating correctly, if you really come up against any trouble you can always re-assemble what you have an limit the sinking factor :shock:
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